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BLC 26 Goals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball, and that's what I'm dealing with at the moment. I was exercising, eating well, maintaining, and then suddenly I had a health issue to deal with (which is still being investigated). It has led to my losing weight, but not in the way I had hoped. So I am presently lower than my goal range, and I have been exercising... not at all... unless you count taking the dog for a couple of walks a day. So my goals for this round will be a little different than in past rounds.

I am looking to get back to a healthy weight range, which for me will be between 133-137lbs. At the moment, I'm about 128.

I've lost a lot of muscle/tone over the past three months, so I'd like to start slowly again with my strength training and build up. I'd like to include at least two strength training sessions a week.

I'd also like to start to incorporate cardio again. It is good for both my physical and mental health. I would like to aim for at least three cardio sessions a week of at least 20 minutes. This could include walking briskly on my treadmill, or Zumba, or step or....

I'd like to include one yoga or meditation session a week to help deal with stress.

I haven't had much interest in food and eating, so I haven't been cooking as much as I used to. I'd like to get back to that. I'd like to make two dinners a week vegetarian.

I'd like to get back to drinking six to eight glasses of water a day.

I'm hoping that I will feel a lot better by the end of this round than I am at the beginning.

  
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MRSP90X 9/16/2014 3:03PM

    I certainly feel for you having to deal with all this. I sure hope your health will get better and that you will get your muscle back! Let's have a great BLC 26 regardless of our health challenges. The support sure does make all the difference! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/16/2014 1:49PM

    Sorry to hear about your health issues and the unwanted weight loss. Best of luck with your goals to get back up to a healthy weight range.

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BLC24 Goals

Monday, January 13, 2014

I am still in my maintenance range (top end). For this round, I am looking to get to the bottom of that range (135) or perhaps even a couple of pounds lower: cushion pounds for an upcoming trip. Just as importantly, I'd like to tighten and tone. I continue to work on managing stress (always seeking balance) and improving nutrition. So.... To help me achieve these goals, I have come up with the following action plan:

Restart my C25K program - aiming for two runs a week.
Include two strength training sessions a week.
Make three dinners a week vegetarian.
Include one yoga or meditation session a week.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day.
Do at least ten minutes of organizing a day.

  
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/14/2014 2:33PM

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JANICEMC 1/13/2014 3:20PM

    Love your goals Heather. Especially like the organizing part! :-)

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JUST_BRENDA 1/13/2014 1:43PM

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JDUBLANKO 1/13/2014 11:47AM

    AWESOME goals...!!! Looking forward to this round with you and seeing you meet your goals :D

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STEVIEBEE569 1/13/2014 11:09AM

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MRSP90X 1/13/2014 11:03AM

    Great goals! I too am looking at few vegetarian meals a week and meditating daily. You are at my goal weight. Its going to be a long time until I see those numbers! You have a winning plan!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/13/2014 11:01AM

    Very nice.

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HILLRUNNER 1/13/2014 10:56AM

    Good goals!! Well done on planning how to keep in your range!
You have done outstanding!!!

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BLC23 Goals

Sunday, September 22, 2013

BLC22 was successful for me: seeing me reach my goal weight of 140. This round, I would like to maintain. 140 would be at the high end of my range, and 135 at the low end. I guess that 137/138 would be ideal.

In addition to maintaining my weight, I would also like to continue to add muscle tone. I'd like more definition in my upper body, and a little more in my lower. So, more strength training for me. I am dealing with a shoulder injury that I hope to begin to resolve this round. The plan is to visit the doctor to look at alternatives. I could also work with an excellent personal trainer I have used in the past. I'll maintain my cardio, as it is both a calorie burner and a stress reducer/energizer. I'll continue to get up early each morning to ensure that I fit my exercise in.

Last round, I set a goal of tracking my food at least four days a week. I actually tracked consistently for five. Even though I am looking at maintaining, I think I should continue with this approach.

I still need to work on getting enough water each day. I'm aiming for 9 glasses, or three of the large cup I carry around all day.

I'd like to get back to paper and pen journaling as a healthy way to deal with stress.

I'd like to explore a new hobby. I'm thinking learning a language.

I'd like to spend a few minutes each day de-cluttering. An organized house would add to my peace.

  
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FT4EVR 9/24/2013 7:51PM

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All great goals! I feel the same way about clutter, I am working on that one too!

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/23/2013 5:13PM

    Great goals!

Have you heard of FlyLady? (flylady.net)

She has a great system for organizing and decluttering.



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DETERMINEDDE 9/23/2013 10:22AM

    Love your goals! Congratulations on your accomplishments to date!

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LJR4HEALTH 9/23/2013 8:40AM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/23/2013 4:03AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!! Your plan sound emoticon too! emoticon

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Bitter Sweet

Monday, July 08, 2013

I felt the need to update my progress with BLC 22 so far. I am doing well - meeting my exercise and tracking goals and losing weight at the pace I hoped to (roughly a pound a week). At this rate, I will achieve my goal by the end of the challenge, and it is my long term goal - not a step on the way. I will be ready to go back to maintenance. Sweet! Right?

Here's were the bitter comes in. As I opened my blog to post this, I saw my introduction: "Maintaining". For over two years I maintained my goal weight. Actually, I was, at one point, quite a bit under goal: 133 pounds. (I've decided that, that was a little too low for me.) I thought that I had finally ended the yo-yo cycle. Somehow, I let the weight creep back on until I found myself with 10-15 pounds to lose... again.

Still, I will give myself some credit for not letting it get to the 25-30 pounds of the past. I will give myself credit for the weight I have lost since joining BLC22 (about 5 pounds). I will recommit to learning to maintain my goal weight once I again achieve it.

  
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EMERALDELEPHANT 7/21/2013 6:20PM

    Heck yeah for almost at your goal weight!! Way to go!!

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BELLSES 7/17/2013 9:06PM

    emoticon Getting to know you all, saw your blog and wanted to comment!

emoticon Looks like you're doing great, congratulations on seeing your hard work pay off!

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LJR4HEALTH 7/8/2013 9:24PM

    You are doing great! Maintaining isn't easy emoticon forward

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AEHEGE 7/8/2013 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing -- and for pointing out how easy it is to go up after begin below goal weight. I am sort of at that juncture now and see the need to stop and get with my program again.

Great blog. You are achieving your goal! emoticon

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WATCHMEGO! 7/8/2013 1:09PM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/8/2013 11:14AM

    That is for sure bitter sweet!! You are doing emoticon

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BLC 22 Goals

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As part of this challenge, I have set a more realistic goal weight for myself - both to reach and maintain (140 rather than 135). To achieve this weight by the end of the challenge, I will have to lose roughly one pound a week, which is realistic. I plan to achieve this goal by continuing to exercise regularly. My weekly goal is 345 minutes. I also need to begin to track my food. I am asking myself to track and stay within range at least 4 days a week. This will be a big improvement over my present 0 days a week, and does not feel as intimidating as all seven days.

  
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JDUBLANKO 6/12/2013 10:56AM

    Once you get used to tracking and all your favorites set up...it will be a breeze...

realistic goals...AWESOME!!!

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LJR4HEALTH 6/11/2013 10:26PM

    You are so right sometimes we need to change our weight goal Its a very doable goal for you to work on during this challenge emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/5/2013 2:35PM

    I'm in with you for BLC 22!!

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